Many Michiganders partake in alcoholic beverages, which is completely legal. However, sometimes individuals are pulled over and accused of drinking too much to safely operate a motor vehicle. When this happens, they are often arrested and come face-to-face with drunk driving charges. A criminal conviction for drunk driving, and therefore the penalties one may face, are often contingent upon the individual's blood alcohol content level. Therefore, it is important to understand BAC and how it can affect a driver physically and legally.
Last week we discussed an incident where four Michiganders were taken into custody for their alleged part in a carding scheme. Fraud is a very serious criminal offense, and those faced with such allegations may be in for quite a battle. Though the criminal justice system promises that a defendant is innocent until proven guilty, with an ever active press and overwhelming allegations from the police and prosecutors, it you can easily feel like you have to prove your innocence.
In our digital age, criminal law has expanded exponentially. New criminal offenses have been created and old ones have taken on new meanings. Therefore, it is important that Michigan residents stay informed on the law so they know how they can prevent running afoul of it and, in the event that they are accused of criminal wrongdoing, they know how to ensure they are treated fairly.
Under Michigan law, as is the case in most states, there are a whole host of violent crimes. Though many are familiar with murder, things might become blurry with violent crimes beyond that. However, knowing about lesser violent crime laws is critically important for Michiganders to understand so that they can adequately defend themselves against allegations of wrongdoing.
You can, but you will be punished for doing so. By obtaining a Michigan driver's license, motorists give implied consent to submit to breath tests when pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving. Therefore, a breath test refusal will automatically result in a one year license suspension and six points being added to your license. Subsequent refusals can result in lengthier suspensions. If you refuse to take the test, then your license will be confiscated and destroyed, and then you will be given a paper permit for use until your matter is settled by a court of law.